I’m hard at work on this year’s buyer’s guide, so this will be a quick one.
This week’s album is by an atmospheric black metal band called Embers. That style of black metal has become commonplace in the underground metal scene, but Embers stand out with a raw, almost punk-ish feel to their sound. This is incredibly strong for a debut album, and while it just missed landing a spot on my 2011 Holiday Buyer’s Guide (which will be posted in the very near future), fans of extreme metal should give this one a shot. If you’re in the mood for some free original black metal, you can listen to Shadows by Embers right here.